Skip to main content

Is it Too Late to say "Happy New Year"?



The Christmas tree has been dragged out for recycling; the decorations and lights are packed away for another year (will they work again when we unravel them?!); the children are back at school and we are back to work. We've still got some Thank You letters to write, but yesterday I got round to doing some tasks that I had been literally putting off for months. When I got down to them they were manageable and fairly quick to do..and the sense of relief was enormous! One thing I realised last year ( like many other women?) is that I live with a constant sense of guilt.."I haven't done enough" in what seems like most areas of my life. So I'm trying to do something about that - choose to not feel guilty, to tell myself I have done enough - and to get on with those tasks that I put off, and which then contribute to me feeling guilty!

I'll let you know how I get on x

PS My son told me he needed cooking ingredients (chicken soup) literally 3 minutes before leaving the house this morning ...and I found them ! If I achieve nothing else today...

Comments

Jacqui W-G said…
Feeling guilty....mmmm. It is just not a helpful emotion is it? Last night at out inaugural "Exposition" writing group meeting we talked about how we use lists of reminders to help us to function. I know that I can have a "urgent" prompt that I feel sure I will DEFINITELY remember because it is SO IMPORTANT, but the time and place where I am having this moment of relevelation it is impossible to do anything about it. Do I remember it? Probably not for another four days and then guilt does set in and frustration that I am so ineffectual. So I have now taken to using any means of helping me as possible-the Google side bar has a notes facility....putting things in Outlook ....writing lists and placing them in a place where I will see them....procrastination is such a slippery ugly thing in me....oh but the pure delight of ticking off an item, and a whole days of ticks feels so good....so now I must attend to a BIG item on the list (has been there since before Christmas) than will take me at least an hour but I am determined to do it having exposed myself to you all.....and if you want to know more about Exposition then ask away....Jacqui

Popular posts from this blog

African sky

I'm writing this in the eerie light of Monday afternoon - anyone else noticed the yellow-tinged sky? I'm reliably informed (thanks Jake!) that the high winds are picking up dust particles from Liberia and North Africa, turning our sky a yellowish colour and definitely giving off an unusual atmosphere! Kind of intriguing too, as we are about to leave for a 10 day trip to Zambia this evening! We're flying overnight, and when we get there temperatures are high 90s - I have no idea how I'm going to cope with that at all...so I'm not even thinking about it right now! 
We'll stay a few days in Lusaka, visiting Sam and Hannah Fairs-Billam and their girls;  and Tehila, the charity they run, Then it's a 5 hour journey North to reconnect with the pastors and families in Serenje, and visit the Dormitory to meet the girls. 
Please do pray for us - safety and good health, pray for our families, pray that everywhere we go we take people up in their lift! (If like me you…

Not the Summer I'd Planned

"Life's detours means  God wants you to run right into His arms  so He can reconstruct your heart"  Ann Voskamp
Well, let's just say that it's not been the summer I thought I was going to have!!! 
I'm so grateful we had our relaxing holiday in the sunshine
I'm so grateful it's summer time, and therefore not so many work commitments
I'm so grateful for my family being around
I'm so grateful for a wonderful and kind church family

If I was going to have an accident ...to slip over on the back door mat....in my wedges...feeding the dogs.. and dislocate and fracture my ankle...then I'm so glad I was at home with family around and with access to swift expert medical help.

The accident was so sudden and it was immediately obvious that I couldn't sort it on my own! I'm pretty squeamish so I'll save you the details, but the angle of my foot prompted me to say out loud "I've just done something really bad".

Funny isn't it, when yo…
Well last week had some highs and lows.

Highs included Simon's birthday and my cast coming off - hoorah!

I'm now officially walking - although it often looks like shuffling! Great to have 2 feet back in use - if only for planting firmly into the ground so that I can make the bed or get something out of a cupboard. It's a huge help to have my hands free when I go up and down stairs too. I'm of course being a good girl with the exercises. No idea what people mean when they say "don't do too much" - I join in if I feel ok and work out afterwards if it was really ok and good to stretch myself, or "Too Much"! Anyhow, it's good to be feeling more like myself again. Apparently It's still a slow process of building up strength and flexibility, so I need to keep on being patient!

The low was that our 12 year old labrador died - Nemo was a big character, and a huge presence in our home - he really was one of the family. We all said goodbye, we all th…